Rosa is a product manager at Erly. Prior to graduating from Stanford GSB in June, she was a product manager at Google through the Postini acquisition.
Now don't take this personally. I have received so bad reviews for this that I've decided to park the open source project that is at the core of GuloStudio and move to something else. This means, ditch 9 months of full time work not only on an editor but all what's needed to support it, and accept a full time job (yesterday).
I don't fully understand all the comments. Some tell me it is not wyssiwyg (but it is !?!?), some tell me it just does not work, but our whole site was created with it etc. This does not really matter though. The thing is obviously not perfect and needs improvement (and it is extremely difficult to balance 'easy to learn' 'easy to use' and 'powerful once you get used to it'... and now I definitely think I failed at that), but I perceived the feedback to this as being sooo bad, that you know, this improvement will probably never happen!
I'm not angry, believe me, I'm overwhelmed and sad. I just wanted to leave a trace of what all this means to me.
Thank you Rosa. Yep, their dictionary is very "unusual" still figuring out where it came from. :) (I'm using standard unix dictionary file).
I'm thinking of opensourcing it after the contest, so you're welcome to contribute/market it :)
@rosawu thanks very much for your thoughts. We are taking everything under advisement since we want to continue building this out. We have some thoughts in the pipeline on asynchronous listening, so please keep on checking in on our progress! We are looking into adding other services as well. You can keep track of our progress by following us on Twitter at @eavesdropio . Thanks again!
rosawu, Sorry you had problems. The technical issue, logging out, is actually a limitation of rdio. They do not give us a way to log you out through the api. You can visit http://rdio.com/signout to do that. (We found that pretty strange and asked them about it during development.)
Narrow focus was absolutely our intention, particularly in a 48 hour competition. We felt that it was critical to our success to limit ourselves.
The asynch case is handled pretty well by Rdio already - playlists, listening history, heavy rotation. Eavesdrop is (currently) a very thin slice on top of what Rdio provides. The critical component for us, and we think it's the key differentiator, is the synchronicity of the experience. There is something cool about listenting at the same time.
The limiting factor is if none of your friends is online. To combat that we've discussed a global "who's active now list" that would give you people to eavesdrop on, or a list similar to Rdio's "Suggested Users".
Anyway, thanks for giving us such thoughtful feedback. It is greatly appreciated.